Erin and I are back in Las Vegas after a wonderful week in New York City.Â We’ll write a full review of the trip and share some photos later this week.
Saturday’s Manhattan meet-up went very well withÂ 40-50 people attending.Â We had a lot more RSVPs than that, but I’m sure we lost some people afterÂ switching to an AM meeting time.Â I was glad to see everyone mingling so well, which gave Erin and me the chance to talk to people one-on-one and in small groups.Â For the last 20 minutes, Erin and I did some Q&A on a variety of topics.Â One of the attendees brought a video camera, so perhaps he’ll postÂ theÂ videoÂ on YouTube or otherwise share it.Â Most of the attendees came from New York or New Jersey, butÂ othersÂ came from Pennsylvania, Maine, and even Canada.
I really enjoyed the energy of New York City.Â It’s a very active and busy place, and Erin and I had lots to do.Â The vegan food was absolutely incredible — way better than anything we’ve found in Vegas, L.A., or the San Francisco Bay Area.Â We did a moderate amount of sight-seeing, hit a couple of the museums, rode the subway many times, and did lots of walking around.Â The highlight of the trip for me, however, was hooking up with friends and learning more about the city fromÂ the locals’ perspective.
To some degreeÂ Manhattan reminds me of the Las Vegas Strip, but overall the people seemed busier and more stressed in NYC.Â The service personnel in VegasÂ are, as a rule,Â way more friendlyÂ and less uptight.Â I’m also used to seeingÂ a lot more smilesÂ in Vegas, so it took a while to get used to the more frequent sullen expressionsÂ on the streets ofÂ NYC.Â Perhaps NYC just needsÂ some free alcohol to lighten the mood.Â
I think what gave me the most personal growth on this trip wasÂ observing the contrast between living in Vegas and the glimpse we had of daily life in Manhattan.Â There were many similarities but also some striking differences, which I’ll exploreÂ in detail when I write up my trip review.
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